DOB: 12 April 1981
From: North Heidelberg/Preston U18, Selection #20, 1999 National Draft
Number: 31 (2000-2009)
A former Reserves top-up player for Collingwood (four games) and North Melbourne (one game), Wheatley attracted Melbourne's attention with his performances in the 1999 Under-18 national championships. They used an early draft pick on him at the end of 1999, and he played 12 games in his rookie season. Wheatley missed finals due to a late-season hamstring injury. The next year he played another 16, and a further 18 in 2002, despite another hamstring injury costing him six weeks.
Renowned as one of the longest kicks in the competition, Wheatley kicked the first 9 point goal in pre-season cup history, and went on to an MFC leading six in his career. His 2003 season was short on other highlights, as he played just five games while battling form issues and two separate hamstring injuries. Wheatley returned as a regular in 2004 and 2005 but was back down to seven games in 2006, a year in which he played in the Sandringham premiership side.
|Round 16, 2002||Wrestling||$1200 fine|
|Round 20, 2002||Charging||Not Guilty|
|Round 16, 2006||Melee||$1500 fine|
9 Point Goals